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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Category: Museums


January 9, 2015 at 5:05 PM

Police museum salutes those who’ve worn the uniform


Sketched Jan. 6, 2015

Gabi_0109_SeaPolice_01Seattle cops, circa 1900, looked pretty spiffy. They wore high-collared shirts, heavy frock coats and tall helmets that not only helped them stand out in a crowd but conveniently stored their sandwiches. More interestingly, they didn’t carry handguns openly. They had to unbutton their coats to reach their pistols.


Comments | More in History, Museums | Topics: Pioneer Square

February 11, 2014 at 7:44 PM

My worlds collide: Miró in Seattle


If the name Joan Miró doesn’t ring a bell, I’m sure his work will look familiar. The Catalan artist, a contemporary of Picasso, inspired a generation of artists with his whimsical interpretation of the world through simple shapes and colors. The graphic vocabulary of his paintings, tapestries and sculptures also became a visual identity for Catalonia, where his artwork can be seen in public parks as well as museums.

Over time I’ve come to appreciate Miró’s genius much more than I did when I was a kid growing up in Barcelona (Red and blue and yellow stars? I can paint that! I thought.) I was quite excited when I found out about the exhibit that opens Thursday at the Seattle Art Museum.


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January 31, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Museum stands out in a park of attractions


Sketched Jan. 28, 2014

The Seattle Asian Art Museum location in Volunteer Park may be both a curse and a blessing.

Its splendid art deco building is a perfect match for its setting high on Capitol Hill. But the grounds are so beautiful that you may lose track of time climbing up the Water Tower or peeking through Isamu Noguchi’s “Black Sun” sculpture before you go into the museum.


Comments | More in Buildings, History, Museums | Topics: Capitol Hill

January 27, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Museum rises out of the forest

Sketched Jan. 25, 2012 From Fun Forest to Glass Garden. The transformation of the grounds west of the Space Needle is well under way since the outdated but beloved amusement park closed for good after Labor Day 2010. The glass museum devoted to Dale Chihuly’s work, a project that drew a lot of criticism when it was first…


Comments | More in Museums | Topics: Seattle Center

January 6, 2012 at 11:18 PM

History fills up lots of boxes

Sketched Jan. 4, 2012 I started the year packing for a move. But I’m not going far. By Monday, my sketchbooks, art supplies and (hopefully) my computer will be just across the street in my new cubicle at The Seattle Times’ consolidated offices on Denny Way. Our newsroom move is a logistical nightmare because we have to…


Comments | More in History, Museums | Topics: MOHAI

September 23, 2011 at 8:31 PM

A buyer of bolts for bombers

Sketched Sept. 21, 12:50 p.m. As Boeing prepares to deliver the first 787 on Sunday, the workers must feel a great sense of accomplishment. Velva Maye, 87, shares a similar feeling about B-17 bombers. During World War II, she was one of a four-woman team in charge of ordering the rivets, clamps, nuts and bolts that…


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